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With wedding season coming in a few short months Scheherazade Jewelers brings bridal and diamond fashion jewelry designs from Michael Bondanza to the Galleria for a two-day trunk show event starting Friday, March 14.
In the Beginning
The belt. This modest wardrobing accessory made a profound impact on jewelry designer Michael Bondanza decades ago. Back in the early 1970’s Michael wanted to make a Western style belt buckle for himself. He later incorporated other design elements to his creative work and began to develop his own designing abilities applying these creative approaches to jewelry. He worked his way up the hierarchy of precious metals starting with silver, gold and later platinum as well as alternative materials including fine woods such as rosewood.
See wood cuffs like this one during Scheherazade’s two-day trunk show.
Eventually Michael began designing jewelry for friends. Word got out about Michael’s designing talent and demand grew for his jewelry. By 1974 he was selling his jewelry designs on New York’s famed Fifth Avenue – known for its high-end jewelry stores. His first commercial jewelry designing success was with none other than Cartier, a design powerhouse he has admired since the early days of his designing career along with Georg Jensen.
As Michael’s design skills progressed platinum became his precious metal of choice. He created a high-polished look for platinum in designs that were modern and uncommon yet refined and minimalistic. The premium precious metal’s inherent beauty, rarity and desirable characteristics have become synonymous with Michael’s jewelry, and a defining signature style of his “clean, modern and pure” designs. Platinum is so much a part of Michael’s jewelry design work “Platinum Redefined” is his registered trademark.
See the peach moonstone pendant at Scheherazade’s.
Living up to this tagline is no small task. But Michael’s family history has no shortage of creative talent and energy, coming from a long line of sculptors and artistic thinkers. Michael continues those family traditions when creating jewelry and in his spare time with loft painting and sculpting. Michael has won many international awards for his platinum jewelry designs, earning him notoriety and accolades in the gem and jewelry industry as well as the designer community.
Platinum Guild USA is the educational and promotional arm of the gem and jewelry industry for the precious white metal. The group provides numerous answers as to why jewelry designers such as Michael prefer platinum starting with the precious metal’s durability. Platinum naturally occurs as a white precious metal. The color will never fade or shift for the life of the jewelry.
Michael Bondanza has won jewelry design awards from the Platinum Guild.
Based on its density and durability, platinum will not wear like other precious metals. Platinum’s innate strength is so well known that even gold jewelry is incorporated with platinum prongs and tips based on platinum’s ability to hold diamonds and other gemstones more securely.
Samples of Michael Bondanza’s bridal jewelry.
Platinum is best known for its density, making it 60 percent heavier than other precious metals. The purity of platinum is greater than that of 18-karat gold (75 percent pure) and 14-karat gold (58.5 percent pure). The purity of platinum not only has aesthetic benefits to creating beautiful jewelry, it’s also hypoallergenic for those that suffer from allergies. And, for those looking for jewelry designs of distinction, platinum is 30 times rarer than gold.
Bridal Jewelry Trends:
Today’s young brides are opting more for fancy-cut diamonds (emerald, cushion, and princess cuts) over traditional round brilliant diamonds. Engagement settings that are trending well for 2014 include solitaires, halos, and vintage-inspired designs.
Michael Bondanza’s jewelry has appeared in a number of national bridal magazines.
According to trend watchers, platinum in two-tone designs will be big for 2014. This trend will include platinum combined with gold colors – with rose gold trending particularly well. Precious colored stones (mainly sapphires) and fancy colored diamonds are also on trend with the “two-tone” look for platinum in 2014.